Cougar Junior Squad Falls to Indians
The Junior Cougars wrapped up their football season with a 36-16 loss to Marked Tree Tuesday, Oct. 29 in Rector.
Rector jumped out early, securing an 8-0 lead on a 60-yard touchdown pass from Chance Scott to Hunter McNeely. McNeely evaded tackles on the play, finding his way into the end zone against the quick Marked Tree secondary. Scott ran in the conversion for Rector.
Unfortunately, Marked Tree showed why they are one of the most talented teams in 2A-3, rattling off 36 unanswered points over the remainder of the first half to take a commanding 36-8 advantage into intermission.
Scott hit Caleb Stokes with a five yard pass with 4:36 left in the game to secure Rector's second touchdown of the night. Scott again ran in the conversion to set the final in place.
Rector finished the 2013 campaign at 2-7 overall. The team won two of their first three games, but struggled in the always-tough 2A-3 conference.
"I'm proud of these guys for sticking with it all season," head coach Lewis Earnest said. "2-7 isn't great, but with the amount of kids we have (on the team) and the injuries and whatnot, it's definitely something we can build on.
"Junior high is about building your program and our freshmen will be able to do that for us in senior high next year. Tommy Stokes and Chance Scott will make a difference, but some of our other guys that I wasn't too sure about before the start of the season stepped up and showed me some things. We have some young guys who will be back next year and will be even better after a year of practicing and growth. Things are looking up."